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Friday, January 2, 2015

Since You've Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne

Since You've Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne was an interesting read. The story focuses on Edie Fraser, a teenage girl who has been on the run with her mom. They find themselves in a new country but facing the same fears. Edie tries her best to adjust to another new school and a new culture. She works to develop some new friendships and deals with the school bully on several occasions. 

The story was interesting and fast paced. The book really focuses on the main plot and left a lot of holes concerning the relationship with Edie and the school bully, Precious. It was predictable in developing the obvious love story, which thankfully was not a triangle. Some of the events were random and did not necessarily help the story along. It felt a little bit underdeveloped. Overall, the story was interesting and was not a waste of time. 

I would recommend this for a younger reader or someone who isn't a voracious reader. There was little about the book that was too racy for the average teenager. (If it is a sheltered kid, then it is probably too racy.) If you are a big reader, you probably won't enjoy this book, except as a guilty YA pleasure.

Since You've Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne releases later this year.

I received a free copy of the book through the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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